Sidney John Thomas Buggins
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||19 Dec 1911|
|Place of Birth||Leytonstone, England|
|Age at Enlistment||29 years, 1 month|
|Description||5'2½" (1.58m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair ; birthmark on left leg|
|Address||Albany road, Bedfordale|
|Next of Kin||Brother , Mr Maurice Stanley Buggins|
|Date of Enlistment||6 Mar 1941|
|Unit/Formation||105th Australian Casualty Clearing Station|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||11 Mar 1945 ‒ 20 Mar 1945|
|Transport Details||HMT Katoomba Townsville to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain|
|Return to Australia|
|Journey Dates||8 Dec 1945 ‒ 13 Dec 1945|
|Transport Details||HMAS Westralia Rabaul to Brisbane|
|Post War Details|
Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1943 at c/- Rev. R. Hanlin, 'Mt Paradise', Bedfordale, orchard employee.
A member of the Citizens Military Forces, Sidney joined the Melville camp on 24 Apr 1941 and joined Camp No 4 on 23 May 1941, completing his training on 20 Aug 1941. He was called up for full time duty on 24 Nov 1941 at Fremantle. On 24 May 1942 he was classified as a Class TGII Nurse Orderly and on 21 Nov 1942 at the 60th Australian Camp Hospital his NOK was changed by reason of his marriage to Bessie Lavina Dowell. From 3 until 10 Mar 1943 he was given some leave.
On 6 Nov 1943 Sidney was transferred to the 75th Australian Camp Hospital, and a year later required medical attention for a boil on his buttock which later saw him shift to the 110th Australian Base Hospital as it had developed into an abscess. He had rejoined his unit by 25 Nov 1943 where he remained for a year until he was reassigned to units in the eastern states. On 11 Mar 1945 in Townsville he embarked on HMT Katoomba for Jacquinot Bay on New Britain where he disembarked on 20 Mar 1945 and joined the 105th Australian Casualty Clearing Station.
While with the 105th CCS he had a period being treated for an infected sole of his foot by the 4th Australian Field Ambulance (14 - 19 Sep 1945). On 8 Dec 1945 he was identified for transfer home to WA for discharge, and to that end, on 8 Dec 1945 he embarked in Rabaul on the HMAS Westralia for Brisbane where he disembarked on 13 Dec 1945. Discharged 2 Jan 1946 in Perth.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at 'Caringa', Albany road, Bedfordale, gardener; 1968 - 1980 at 192 Douglas avenue, Kensington, floor tiler